Greene King IPA Export Strength
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #356
Ranked #46,922
3.26 | pDev: 18.71%
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not very hoppy for an IPA. Aroma and taste are weak and mouthfeel is watery. However flavor emerges when it warms a bit. Elements of caramel and toffee come through...

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 13, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There seems to be some confusion as the label on the bottle that I bought today June 30th 2015 is the same as the archived Greene King IPA export but has same abv as export strenght at 5%. Doubt if the bottle has been around since 2012. Can't see a BBD. Anyways o.k. drinkable but nothing special.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Greene King IPA Export has a thin-to-medium off-white head, some lacing left on the glass, noticeable bubble streams, and a rather murky, amber-brown appearance. The aroma is of rich, sweet, brown bread crust, yeast, caramel candy, and hop resin. Taste is the same, with some mellow bitterness and a fairly odd earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy, and Greene King IPA Export finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and interesting.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Mar 22, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with a little bit of foam that faded rather quickly.

Smells mildly of citris, nuts, pine, and hops. Not a strong smell.

Lots of malt, bread, nut, and caramel flavor, with just enough hops to be worthy of the pale ale title. Not bad, but a bit boring.

Medium carbonation, easy to drink, with a hint of molasses lingering on the finish.

I tend to prefer a bold and strongly flavored IPA which this is not, but if you like a bit milder flavor this is a decent beer.

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Greg_MacLeod from Thailand, Nov 09, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Scary carrying this around in a clear bottle - might've been DOA?

Wow! A ton of foam when pouring - had to pour in shifts. Ended up not smelling or tasting foul, and not particularly hoppy either. Mostly crusty, melanoidin-y British pale malt and typical English fruity esters, asleep in the background.

Darker in color, a robust tawny, than I would expect in an "IPA". With each sip, the more boring and ham-handed it seemed. You know, it does have malty similarities to other older, traditional English IPAs from England that I've tried, but that malt is just a little too old-ish, papery, and up front - does this suggest it's an old, oxidized bottle? Perhaps. Could've sworn the best-by date was still ~2-3 months away.

Hops were all but absent from this experience. This is more of an ESB - and I've been through this "huh?" thing with IPAs over there. Fuller than you'd want, but dry enough to knock it back.

Not incredibly moreish. Maybe I expected just a morsel more than what I got here.

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, May 09, 2013
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2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Label has had a make-over since the photo was taken. Described as a stronger 'export' version of their regular IPA.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep marmalade-amber colour with good carbonation; large bubbles rise quickly to the surface. Forms a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of toffee, tart apples, fruit, grass/hay, stewed hops and a hint of sherry. Faintly sweet, with a mild whiff of diacetyl and cardboard in the background. Hops - where are they?

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of toffee/caramel, grass, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops and mild sherry. A hint of sweetness. Not much hop presence. A subtle, dry bitterness upon swallowing, followed by a faint twinge of cardboard staleness. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, but insubstantial. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt and stewed leaves.

Meh - a subpar ale and not much of an IPA. Where the hops be at? Reasonably well made, but dull as ditchwater. Drinking an IPA should be a pleasure, not an exercise in mediocrity. Can't say I rate this too highly - no need to seek it out.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Dec 20, 2012
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2.29/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is amber-brown (25 EBC), the liquid clear. The high head is pale brown and airy, it sinks slowly leaving some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit frowsy with notes of pulp and wet cardboard. Sweet molasses and some chemical/metallic bitter hints. Some cookies and biscuits.

The taste got a passing clean bitterness. Sweet biscuit-like caramel malt. Hints of toffee. Some dried fruits (especially apricots) and green berries. Hints of molasses and cheap toffee candy. Low to medium body. The aftertaste got some slight notes of green bananas and other unripe fruits, butterscotch and a dry almost astringent bitterness. The finish reminds me of toffee flavoured coffee.

The carbonation is a bit stronger than medium, the medium sized bubbles a little sharp. The liquid is light and a littie dry.

This is not a very good IPA.

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bark from Sweden, Jun 21, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper amber brew with small bubbles, a high warm off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling herbal and citric, grass, nettles, lime and lemon. Some nuts and cereal.

Starting with dark sweet bread notes, then some lemon and grass, and bitter orange peel.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily and slightly coarse, a long dry finish.

A well done IPA, much hops for the bucks.

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rarbring from Sweden, Jun 13, 2012
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3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

half-liter bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a clear copper with a health white head. Retention is excellent as is lacing.

Smell is pure skunk. The clear bottle was a terrible idea is this beer is a perfect example. One of the skunkiest beers I have smelled. I was hoping it would dissipate after awhile but no such luck. Underneath the skunk, however, there are some earthy hops and caramel malt.

The flavor continues the skunk. Earthy hops are more detectable, though, and a soft underlying bitterness throughout. There is plenty of caramel malt along with a moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty good.

This is a beer I would love to try out of a cask or keg. I feel that fresh and without the skunk, this could be a really good beer.

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rangerred from Tennessee, Jan 14, 2012
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2.02/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Deep, dark amber with no visible carbonation but a solid 1.5 finger, tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing appears normal.

S: Ummm, smelly socks hops... Maybe some adjuct grains in with the light malt. No alcohol noticable.

T: Bread malt but almost a complete lack of hops. Some bitterness to the finish but nothing in the middle.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Nothing really sweet and sticky and nothing too hoppy to bite.

O: Not really something I'd get again. Lack of hops on the tongue make this more of a APA than IPA.

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brewemstrong from Tennessee, Jun 04, 2011
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1.76/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Mine is labelled simply "Greene King IPA Export", but the beer listed as such has one review and shows the ABV as 6%, but mine is 5%. I've reviewed it here as excepting the title, it is consistent. Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. IPA has historically been my least favourite style.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent thickness but little cream. Retention is ~1.5 mins. Clear copper colour.

Sm: Hops - I assume bittering. Barley. Maybe some cream.

T: Very hoppy, with some unwelcome bittered caramel (it's as bad as that sounds) and malt. The balance is garbage. The build probably won't even satisfy fans of the style, as it aborts the "bittering hop on the climax" approach for some manner of half-assed hop medley. The butterscotch is okay, but gets viciously murdered in the climax.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crap. It even betrays its style.

Dr: Poorly priced. Terrible quality. I just hate the flavour outright. Even for what it's trying to do, it's shite. It's even in a clear bottle; obviously the brewers need a brewing lesson. Garbage.

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kojevergas from Colorado, May 12, 2011
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3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for just a minute before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There are also notes of pears, tea, and a slight amount of hops. The beer finishes with a malty aftertaste with a small amount of lingering hop flavour.

Overall - One of the better English IPA's that I've had so far. It would make a good session beer and it was very well balanced.

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spinrsx from Ontario (Canada), May 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love their Abbot Ale, picked up a 500mL bottle that looks completely different than what's listed here.

Very nice rusty amber colour with a moderate tan head that gets retained as a collar. Lots of visible fine carbonation when held up to light.

Smells like toasted malts, with a real grape-like fruity character and a lemon grass tone. Also orange pekoe tea.

The taste follows suit, no bait and switch here. Toasted malts, a fruity tone, brewed tea. All with a lemony bitterness at the end.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a decent carbonation and a light, but noticeable bready body. The lemony taste really lingers for me.

This is a really solid sessionable English ale that I could have at any time. Mild, but very pleasant. Just enough to get me hooked, wish it came in a more portable format.

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bryehn from Ontario (Canada), Apr 28, 2011
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3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: a orange-amber color with great clarity and big white head showing great retention.

S: a spicy, grassy hop aroma, with a malt base that is similar to bread dough, with a hint of sweetness reminding me of butterscotch along side fresh red apples.

T: light toastiness and toffee flavors upfront, balanced by a spicy, baked apple and apple skin flavor. fades to a bitter, grassy, minerally fade with lingering malt sweetness.

M: medium body with a low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. finishes slick and dry.

Overall, not too bad for $3.50 for a 16.9 oz bottle, though I can't be too sure on the freshness of this sample as it lacks a bottle date and the store I got it from often sells old bottles. Really enjoyable and I would probably buy again.

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3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the LCBO. Different than bottle pictured. This has 5.0% ABV. Does not have Export Strength on label and overall label design is different.

Tried this on tap in England.

Poured in a chalice. Color is pale to medium amber. no head. great lacing.

very nice aroma. bready malt, cakey sweet smelling. like christmas cake. fruity, some sour notes. slight vinegar. peach.

bitter sharp tasting. a little thin and metallic on finish. nice mid-palate with sweet malts shining through. finish has some legs with flowery hops and sweet malts competing. definitely some metal on aftertaste. some vinegar.

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paxkey from Ontario (Canada), Jan 09, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear 500ml bottle, different label and bottle shape to the BA picture, still 5.0% ABV and now called 'IPA Export', well in the UK anyway.

Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard to make it feel at home!

Good solid amber body, clear and bright, looks inviting. A well formed, cream coloured, foaming head sat on top. What a pity the head had a retension span of a five year old.

Expected a more pronounced hop nose, it is hoppy, but nothing like those monster hopped beers the US is currently producing. The aroma is of summer fruits, so the aromatic hops worked well. As the beer warmed a maltier smell began to eminate from the beer, making it seem sweeter in the nose.

The bittering hops also do their bit, because the beer has a pleasing bitterness without going over the top. This isn't all about hops though, the malts (hidden in the smell at first) are detectable from the first sip, or gulp. Caramel like molasses move the beer above a lot of IPA's in my opinion.

This is one of the sweetest IPA's I've ever had and I like it, the hop bitterness stays longer in the mouth than the malty flavours and as the mouth drys the hops completely dominate. The combination of the two tastes compliment each other very well in this brew.

Very drinkable indeed.

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BlackHaddock from United Kingdom (England), Dec 31, 2010
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3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber-copper colour with a finger of white head. Head dissipates quick enough without much lacing. Smells of floral hops with a hugh caramel sweetness. Flavour is quite sweet, balanced out by subtle bitterness. Quite smooth carbonation, medium bodied. A nice enough English IPA that we can get in Ontario.

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kwjd from Ontario (Canada), Oct 17, 2010
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3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, dark copper with little carbonation, and even less head.

S- Caramel and citrus. Quite malty. Some herbal notes. A bit faint.

T- A bit of grains, and bready malts lead with hops more in the background. A bit of honey and citrus, and some light caramel. Hops play a bigger part in the aftertaste. Definitely an English India Pale Ale. Very balanced. Nice crisp finish.

M- Medium body with little carbonation to speak of. A bit sticky.

D- Easy to down and light, but has some substantial flavor. I was expecting a more hoppy drink, but this was definitely good still.

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BBP from Ontario (Canada), Sep 18, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper colour, thumb of bubbly off-white head, decent retention and some fine lacing.

S - Caramel malts complemented by some mild citrus hops. Malts dominate over the hops, but the hops do manage to come through.

T - Golden graham crackers, caramel, toffee and some bitter citrus hops on the finish. Hops could be a little stronger, but still decently balanced. A touch of honey lingers on the palette.

M - Perfectly carbonated, nice light ale that leaves the tongue wet and wanting more.

D - Decent offering, but could use a bit more hops. Worthy offering for any hop/bitter fan.

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andrenaline from Ontario (Canada), Aug 28, 2010
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3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must admit, at first I though this was going to be another bad IPA experience, but given this one seems to be listed on BA as a Pale Ale, maybe it won't be so bad.

Appearance: A beautiful red color with exceptional clarity a nice carbonation in the body. That carbonation however takes a treacherous turn as barely a baby finger of head disappears in very short order and of course leaves no lace behind.

Smell: Hops make an appearance but they subdued nicely by sweet herbal malt that sort of reminds me of Alpenbitter. I can see why the IPA style doesn't apply to this one. Hops dominate while it's cool, as it warms more character comes out which is interesting. Very balanced and pleasant.

Taste: Fairly consistent from beginning to end with only a bit more hop presence at the end. Sweet toffee malt, with a sweet herbal character and a light hopping effect that makes itself know at the end of the beer. Pretty much a mirror of the smell, save the hops are at the end, not the start.

Mouthfeel: Well points come off for the complete lack of head, and while it is consistent and balanced, it starts to overstay it's welcome near the end of the glass as the carbonation begins to suffer.

Drinkability: It's alright, probably better suited for the fall though. Medium bodied, went down well but I can see it wearing out it's welcome fairly quickly.

Final Thoughts: At first I thought this was a true IPA, which had me dreading it. Thankfully despite it's name, it is in truth a pale ale and a fairly decent one at that. It's not about to become a regular drinker for me by any means but I was pleased.

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TheHammer from Ontario (Canada), Jul 24, 2010
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3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber with a creamy cap. Little lacing is produced.

S - Sweet, herbal, fruity and grassy. Smells good.

T - Sweetness upfront, a bit of toast, a hint a fruitiness and a bitter hop finish.

M - Creamy and a bit sticky.

D - Doesn't quite come across as an IPA but I won't knock for that. For what it is I did find it a bit boring.

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decimator from Ontario (Canada), Jul 03, 2010
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3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a chalice

Delicious AND well done BRITISH beer. Nice Art, beautiful color, smell and taste. Not actually an IPA but an authentic British ale.

A: First of all: Beautiful bottle art. The beer itself has an attractive and clear reddish color. When poured it has this british thin white to yellow head which dissipates quite quickly due to the characteristic medium-to-low carbonation
S: Sweet malts, basically and a nice perfume of hops in the end. Also a bit fruity. Pleasant.
T: Pretty much the expected by the nose: Sweet malts and hops.
M: Very light body with a delicious bitter end. Medium carbonation
D: High. Authentic British ale. Made to be drunk in gallons... :)

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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland, Jun 25, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the bottle and label...very English.

Nice golden copper colour..nice off white head, although it recceds quickly.

Nice pale malt aroma, some toasted caramel, floral hop.

Smooth pale malts, some buttery caramel, bitterness pronouced, but in a tea like English way. Finish is dry and quite withering.

Carbonation is on the low end which fits in this case. Very velvety smooth

Nice...bottle alone is converstion worthy. Will se if my beer guy can get some in.

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Shadman from Alberta (Canada), Jun 23, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml clear bottle.

Bear received from BBrianBoogie during CanBIF6. Cheers Brian!

The beer color is copper, clear with little carbonation. The head is shy and disappear rapidly. The aroma is light. Caramel malts (typical of english pale ale) with light notes of hops. On the taste, some sweet caramel malts with some toffee or butter notes. Very refreshing I like it to be a session beer. Bitterness is light. A little bit thin in the mouth however...

I thought this one was an IPA, I see that it is placed in the english pale ale. Considering my tasting notes, it is more on the english pale ale side than the IPA.

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ZorPrime from Quebec (Canada), May 16, 2010
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3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with generous head. Nose has some black tea aromas with light fruit. On the palate the tea character is noted, with some toasty malt flavors, and light fruity hops to round it out. Carbonation seems low and it is easy drinking, overall a very light IPA, but not tremendously interesting. Nice, mellow ale.

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yemenmocha from Arizona, Feb 27, 2010
Greene King IPA Export Strength from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 68 ratings